Simple, Home-made natural recipe for Bath Balms!

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ingredients for bath balms


  • 1 cup Baking Soda
  • 1/4 cup Cream of Tartar or 1/2 cup Citric Acid
  • 1/2 cup Sea Salt or Epsom salt
  • 2 tablespoon Oil
  • 3 to 5 tablespoons of water
  • Witch Hazel in atomizer to spray
  • Optional – 2 teaspoons of essential oil  few drops of coloring, dried flowers, teas  for texture, or botanical oils, clay, charcoal

Bath Balm

Bath Balms

In home-made bath balms I use rose-water and infused flower or plant oil from summer stock instead of adding scent and essential oil.  The plant infused oils are created with olive and almond oils.  I also add dried flowers or plants from summer stocks.  Usually rose, lavender, peony or Calendula.

I replace essential oil with rose scented witch hazel.

*Corn Starch – some recipes call for corn starch however this powder can contribute to yeast infections!


  • Molds (can be muffin tins, ornament balls cut in half or plastic craft balls from dollar store)
  • 2 bowls
  • Measuring Cup
  • Spoons
  • Whisk
  • Tray

Ensure your equipment is clean before starting.

Get Molds

Simple process

In one bowl add the dry ingredients and mix together with whisk:

  • Baking Soda
  • Salt
  • Cream of Tartar
  • Any added dry material such as plant materials, charcoal, etc.

In the second bowl add the liquid ingredients and mix together with whisk:

  • Oil
  • Water
  • Optional food colouring, essential oils

After the dry ingredients and the wet ingredients are separately mixed together in their own bowls slowly add the wet ingredients into dry and whisk together.  Mix the mixture into a nice consistency that is not crumbly.  If it is too crumbly and not moist enough spray some water or witch hazel to get the right consistency.

Pack the mixture tightly into the molds to shape the bath balms.  Once tightly packed tap the outside of the mold with a spoon to release the  balm onto a tray to dry.

To make your balms more interesting add petals, plant materials or pink sea salt prior to packing the ingredients.  You could also place a little surprise in the center for gifts!  Ensure the trinket isn’t bigger than half the size of the center of the mold to ensure it sticks together when drying.

Leave your molds up to 48 hours to dry.  Recommend is 12 to 48 hours.


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